Heart Owner's Basic Manual

Stop smoking do not use tobacco in any form

Control Blood Pressure, Goal: <140/90 (<130/80 if you have diabetes or kidney problems)

Physical Activity

  • Minimum goal: 30 minutes 3-4 days per week moderate-intensity (brisk walk: 15-20 minute per mile, bicycle riding: 12 minute per mile)
  • Optimal goal: 30 – 60 minutes of activity daily
  • Recommend: Resistance training 2 days per week, flexibility training (YOGA, Tai Chi, Pilates) and increase in lifestyle activities

Weight Management

Achieve and maintain desirable weight: Body mass index 18.5 – 24.9

Waist circumference: Men - <40 inches Women -<35 inches

Diabetes HbA1c: <7%

Control Cholesterol

Primary goal: LDL < 70-100

Seconday Goal:

  • HDL > 40 in men
  • HDL > 50 in women
  • Trigycerides < 150